The new hood is one of the most prominent features, with a series of creases converging toward the nose, giving the surface character while also slightly slimming the broad nose's shape. Lower, wider, and longer than the previous 6-Series, the 2012 model looks decidedly more hunkered-down and ready for action, without looking at all cramped or compact.
BMW's now-characteristic modern take on the kidney grille is present up front, as are sculpted intakes to access the "shark nose" form. At the sides, the surfaces are kept simple, with mildly flared fenders and the coupe profile the dominant details. Large alloy wheels look at home in the large coupe's scale.
Inside, the 2012 BMW 6-Series continues its sport-inflected luxury theme, with a driver-oriented layout to controls and instrumentation. Styled in typical contemporary BMW fashion, the 6-Series' interior is orderly, restrained, and generally low-key, though unlike the somber experiences of some BMW cabins, the 6-Series comes off a bit warmer and more inviting.